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Given that recently my HD800s turned out to have like 70% percent of head time, I was starting to get a bit concerned. Until I received a couple of new metal albums today. The LCD-3s are so amazing with this genre (which also happens to be one of my favourites). Proper dark, smooth, yet very detailed, dynamic and engaging. They won't be going anywhere anytime soon.


Edited by negura - 5/11/13 at 5:37am
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What DAC and amp are you using to drive them?

I purchased them mostly for transportable use - so I will be using them primarily with Solo -dB and Pico Power when traveling - quite nice.   I listen to loudspeakers primarily at home, so I probably won't get a full size headphone amp anytime soon.  At home I use an Ayre QB-9 with the Pico Power - was constantly shaking my head at the sound of this combination with the LCD-3's - amazing, and I don't often use that description with audio.  The Solo isn't even close to being in the same league as the QB-9.  Hard to imagine what more a high end headphone amp would bring to the table, though if past experience holds true, I'll be shaking my head even more once I take that step.

 

A GS-X mk2 would be near the top of my list - but I just don't know how much listening time it would get at present.

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Mine arrived today.  Umm.  Just looked at the time.  They arrived yesterday....

 

Chose them based on the impressions here.  Best way I can say it:  they make glorious music!

 

Friend brought his HD800s over to compare.  I'm guessing he'll have LCD-3's within the year....

 

Thanks to all of you who posted impressions on this thread!

 

You're welcome, and welcome to our club (of happy LCD-3 owners) :-)

 

Did you like them rightaway or did you go through a little "psychological" adaptation time ?  And also, which headphones were you listening to before ?

 

I'm as happy for you as I was the day I got mine, really !  :-)

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I think the only thing holding me back from the LCD3 is the fact that I still really enjoy my LCD2 rev1.

 

How does the LCD3 fare in the "creaminess" arena?

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Did you like them rightaway or did you go through a little "psychological" adaptation time ?  And also, which headphones were you listening to before ?

No adaptation time - completely sold at first listen.  They were the first headphones I've had that approached the resolution and musicality of my speaker system.  First listen was with iPhone -> Solo as source - I was totally hooked just with that.  And it only got better as I tried them with improved sources and high res material.

 

 

Westone ES5.  Before those, other iems and lower end Grados.  The ES5s get the music right - but knew they wouldn't compare at all with a high end full size.  They'll still be used regularly at work because of their isolation and discreteness.  I have gradually been upgrading my systems, speaker system first.  Now I am nearing the end of the headphone phase....

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Thank you Hi Rez, I wish you lots and lots of listening pleasure with your phones and speakers :)

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I think the only thing holding me back from the LCD3 is the fact that I still really enjoy my LCD2 rev1.

 

How does the LCD3 fare in the "creaminess" arena?

I had the lcd2 rev1 (and rev2) and now have the LCD3, and I realize the signature "creamy" sound was a coloration, even a cover-up, even though it had 

many of the signature Audeze sound characteristics (a non-piercing sound along with great image definition and shaping).

The LCD3 abandons that masking affect but is just as non-fatiguing and even more defined and is simply a great phone.

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Something  the 3's do well I think is unraveling complex musical passages. I listened to a cd last night that I clearly remember being congested with my Sennheiser 650's. I smiled as the LCD-3's rendered it all transparent to my ear's.  I'm not exactly sure what is meant by "they have the magic", but I'm sure that's part of it. I have had mine for a little over a month now and they sound much better than when they arrived. There's just so much better tone now and I'm loving the sweet midrange warmth with classical music. Treat em right and they'll reward you.

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This is very helpful, Thanks. 

 

Question: Has anyone heard the LCD-3s paired with Ray Samuels Audio "The Raptor" tube amp? I have it driving my AKG K702s. The combo is really great, but I'd love to upgrade my phones to the Audeze LCD-3 if my Raptor would be a good match.... Opinions?

 

Cheers!

Alón


Edited by Alonski - 5/13/13 at 9:41am
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This is very helpful, Thanks. 

 

Question: Has anyone heard the LCD-3s paired with Ray Samuels Audio "The Raptor" tube amp? I have it driving my AKG K702s. The combo is really great, but I'd love to upgrade the HP to the Audeze LCD-3 if my amp would be a good match.... Opinions?

 

Cheers!

Alón

The LCD3s are a perfect match with a B52 I have, if that's any help.

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The LCD3s are a perfect match with a B52 I have, if that's any help.

That's very reassuring, thanks. Congratulations on owning a B52, I'm sure it's an amazing sounding Pre/Headphone Amp. I assume that Ray has kept the same basic sound signature throughout his Emmeline II line of amps. I compared the specs and my Raptor should be fine --- can't wait to hear the LCD-3s pump out some magic with it!

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I had the lcd2 rev1 (and rev2) and now have the LCD3, and I realize the signature "creamy" sound was a coloration, even a cover-up, even though it had 

many of the signature Audeze sound characteristics (a non-piercing sound along with great image definition and shaping).

The LCD3 abandons that masking affect but is just as non-fatiguing and even more defined and is simply a great phone.

I'm coming from the HE-500, which had a very velvety, creamy bass that I loved. I was hoping the LCD-3 would take the bass to another level. At first, I was disappointed, as the LCD-3's bass, though technically superior in all ways, lacked that creaminess. It sounded too clinical and dry to me. However, after 3 weeks of ownership and about 60 hours of listening, I find I am enjoying the LCD-3s more and more. The bass seemed to "break" in and after forcing myself to listen only the LCD-3s for two weeks, I find the difference less than I originally remembered. I have never listened to the LCD-2s in any variant.

 

I don't know what to think of break in period, but with both the HE-500 and the LCD-3, I find the more I listen to them, the more I enjoyed them. Even if only psychological, I definitely notice "burn in." I almost sent the LCD-3 back after a week, but am glad I did not.

 

Because of the LCD-3, I am now listening to modern jazz. I'd never cared for it before, but I love listening to the likes of Norah Jones through the LCD-3s. 

 

I also find the LCD-3s to be awesome headphones for watching movies with my Cowon Z2. I still haven't pegged the accuracy of the surround sound, but it just "feels" like I'm in a movie theater. They are the best sounding home theater headphones I've ever heard. As much as I love the HE-500s, the LCD-3s just blow away the HiFiMan for movies. I think this is where the technical excellence of the LCD-3s really shine.


Edited by HKUSP - 5/25/13 at 9:34pm
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Not really an appreciation, but I wonder if anyone here experienced the same:

After 1-2h+ audition sessions my LCD-3 develops pretty noticeable earache in my left ear. Seems like a result of mechanical pressure to the ear by the pads, not the sound pressure, because I usually listen at pretty low volume(around 70dba)

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How is the sound staging and instrument separation on the 3s? Is the treble response still rolled off as on the LCD2.2?
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How is the sound staging and instrument separation on the 3s? Is the treble response still rolled off as on the LCD2.2?

IMO the LCD3 is the closest to neutral headphone I have heard, treble is no longer rolled off.  If I had to rank headphones in terms of which was most neutral, LCD3>T1>HE6=Sr007mk2>HD800>edition 8>LCD2

 

LCD3's sound stage is much more open, enough that it made me sell my HD800.  The sound stage was not as wide or deep as the HD800, but it came close enough for me to sell it.  With regard to soundstage, if the LCD2r2 was a 1 and the HD800 was a 10, I'd make the LCD3 a 6 or 7.

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